The Global Times decided to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states with an editorial published yesterday. As you might expect, it makes for some pretty fabulous reading.
The op-ed titled “Gay marriage ruling will leave deep legacy” really nails the crucial point in the divisive argument about legalizing same-sex marriage in its second paragraph (emphasis ours):
The change from discrimination against gay marriage to approving it suggests development in human rights. The evolution will affect Asian countries, including China, but they won’t follow quickly and neither should we therefore blame ourselves. Society needs to show increasing tolerance for gay marriage, but it’s unnecessary to hype it up to induce potential homosexuals.
Apart from worrying about activating armies of latent homosexuals, the editorial’s other arguments against legalizing gay marriage are actually kind of refreshing. Instead of voicing their concern about “judicial tyranny” destroying “religious liberty,” the Global Times takes a more practical view on the potential consequences of allowing two people of the same sex to get hitched: “[Heterosexual marriage] will remain the mainstream form of marriage, but it now faces multiple challenges. It’s unknown whether same-sex marriage will become the latest challenge.”
While the Global Times firmly believes that heterosexual marriage “conforms more to the laws of nature and the purpose of marriage, and has contributed immensely to civilizations,” overall the editorial is more symphathetic than you might expect and does declare that it is important to honor the rights of gay individuals.
The Global Times concludes its argument with this inspiring statement that surprisingly wasn’t stolen straight from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s moving majority opinion: “That said, we should send our best wishes to the homosexuals but meanwhile hope that some traditions of human beings will continue. We hope for the harmony of diversities.”
by Alex Linder
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